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Bringing them home in 2014?

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on March 13, 2015 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)



In 2007, then Australian Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott was quoted as saying, in relation to the policy of removing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families:


The fundamental prem...

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Australia (whatever that means) Day

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on January 24, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)



You may have seen the new advertisement for Australian lamb, featuring iconic cricketing legend Richie Benaud, along with Ned Kelly, Captain Cook (Cookie) and others. Presumably it's meant to represent something quintessentially Australian. The 90s/early 00s Qantas ads, featuring ...

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Adopting hope, orphaned by war

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on November 12, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Having just returned to my base in the UK from Yei, South Sudan, after spending a month with 70 participants from across the country for a shared journey of listening and dialogue, I’m full of hope for South Sudan, at the same time conscious of how little hope many have.


When I return to my home in Australia, friends inevitably question – with the best of intentions – my reasons for getting involved. For a country that, from one reading (often proliferated ...

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Different worlds: refugees and security in Australia and South Sudan

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on December 21, 2013 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ve just arrived back in Australia after two years away. I have the good fortune to have been born here, and the luxury (finances permitting) of coming whenever I like.


Australia oozes a sense of comfort. As always, a beautiful country it is still a land of opportunity. A coffee is extortionately priced, but given that this is my only complaint about day to day living since I’ve been home, things can’t be too rough.


Comfort for some, I sh...

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